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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Apr 27, 2013 11:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

I'm with Elvis on this one. This was the very first GD tune I ever heard, and it grabbed me with its immediacy, raw energy and exuberance. This is not a long, exploratory solo - it's a short blast-off. That first hearing, I thought - this is full of mistakes!? - or "clams" as you call 'em - but then Garcia pays it out over the next few notes, making total sense. This to me is another hallmark of his style - some notes/licks that feel wrong at first, and then are completely Right. Other Garcia hallmarks are here too - playing solos through the whole range of the fretboard, not just wailing on high notes; pull-offs and beautifully bent accent notes in just the right places... for me, it's one of Garcia's most succinct statements ever.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Apr 27, 2013 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bertha

The 71' Bertha's sound just right to me and the solo's average about 45 seconds,so the solo always has a cut off feel to me.With that said you made an eloquent case for the opposite opinion.Sometime in 77' the solo's stretch to 2-3 minutes and that seems just about right.There are 13 versions recommended here and I don't think a case could be made for any of them being more than just a good solo.I surely didn't hear a great solo.I love Bertha and hear it as kind of a sum of it's parts sort of song.

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